Benign lesions of the external auditory canal

Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 1996 Oct;29(5):807-25.


Benign mass lesions of the external auditory canal, such as exostoses and osteomas, are common findings on physical examination but most often do not require treatment. The differential diagnosis of lesions in the external auditory canal, however, should not be limited to those benign processes discussed here, but should also include infectious, dermatologic, congenital, and malignant processes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cholesteatoma / pathology
  • Ear Neoplasms / pathology
  • Ear, External / pathology*
  • Exostoses / pathology
  • Histiocytosis, Langerhans-Cell / pathology
  • Humans
  • Keratosis / pathology
  • Osteoma / pathology